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by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 4th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Jonathan, I haven't drunk a lot of recent Giaconda. The mid '90's wines however would be Australia's Chevalier-Montrachet. I put the 1993 in a bracket of Chevalier a few years ago and it well and truly held its own. I had a 2010 Giaconda this evening, and it just wasn't up to snuff. My TN: A vexing...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 26th, 2021, 11:19 am
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Webinar with Francois Audouze - April 25, 2021, 2pm EST
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Webinar with Francois Audouze - April 25, 2021, 2pm EST

Hello Fellow Berserkers, Having been fascinated with his Instagram posts for a very long time, we are pleased to host an afternoon webinar with the legendary Francois Audouze. We have room for 500 so feel free to register through this link. It is free, all are welcome, and registrants will be email...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 20th, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Torroja
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: TN: 2015 Terroir Al Limit Priorat Torroja

Thanks for the intriguing note, Kent. Perhaps the influence of the past involvement of Eben Sadie was still evident, and triggered some Southern Hemisphere resonance for you, I wonder.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 19th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?
Replies: 69
Views: 3959

Re: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?

Adding a Central Coast Cali perspective. I have found that Sandhi's whites present this way, apart from their first 2-3 vintages (2009-2011). Most of Liquid Farm's whites connote Chablis. Let us know where you land.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 31st, 2021, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 25
Views: 1471

Re: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

James, I consider it as Australia's Batard. Rich and powerful and built to age. It is more open-knit than Grand Cru Burgundy tends to be on release and the flavour profile doesn't seem to have quite as much minerality, but the wine stacks up in quality terms. Without meaning to sound sarcastic, wha...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 9th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 65
Views: 7272

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

A new producer I made my 2020 "Discovery of the Year" merits consideration IMO: keep an eye for any Bricco Ernesto di Vezza Renato Roero Vino Rosso you can find.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 31st, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why so little Aussie Riesling available in the US?
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Why so little Aussie Riesling available in the US?

Agree, have made the same point with respect to Hunter Valley Semillon, to no avail.
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 29th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 15239

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY: the one that outperformed even the loftiest expectations, a 1990 Jaboulet La Chapelle, opened spontaneously and shared without reservation -- what a bottle. DOTY: I'll go with a 2017 Bricco Ernesto Vino Rosso (Nebbiolo - Roero), with a tip of my hat to my English friend who imports them there ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 8th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Langhe Nebbiolo under $25 [Poll Added]
Replies: 89
Views: 4988

Re: Best Value Langhe Nebbiolo under $20

Sottimano may have crept up to $21 but it's my annual go-to, and can age as well.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 23rd, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 9084
Views: 1429168

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Alex Valdes wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Dennis Borczon wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 1:06 pm I can't wait for the sequel. Rudy goes to Hong Kong for Sour Grapes II.
So Sour Grapes 2: Recorked
That is hilarious, sir, well-played!
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 20th, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner
Replies: 15
Views: 1328

Re: 2020 Annual Wine Dinner

Dave, your posts almost make 2020 worth it. Very, very well done by you and the crew.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 2nd, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chassagne Montrachet Rouge
Replies: 46
Views: 2794

Re: Chassagne Montrachet Rouge

Below is my TN on a lovely 1998 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet I enjoyed a few months ago. If you like, you can add ageability to your list of praiseworthy attributed IMO, thanks: Such a fascinating Bastille Day treat, served alongside (and really outshining) the much better known Ramonet Blanc from t...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
September 4th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 2199

Re: Itinerary Check - Santa Ynez Valley

Steve, I am afraid Sides is permanently closed, with a replacement expected from the Bell Street operating team but not yet up and running. The SY Kitchen chef Luca has opened Nella in the Fess Parker (small bites, I am told), and Los Olivos Cafe is always an option. Regarding your hiking plans, OP,...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 26th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1351

Re: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

Dave, you are a master of understatement. How about some TNs or commentary on the reds please? I'm envious.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 4th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Of Chateau Margaux etc: proceeds to go to Jose Andres World food kitchen
Replies: 8
Views: 1236

Re: Auction Of Chateau Margaux etc: proceeds to go to Jose Andres World food kitchen

Mark, you set a stellar example for us all, not just your charitable efforts but those are indeed especially worthy of praise. Thank you!

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 2nd, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.
Replies: 32
Views: 1896

Re: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.

My understanding is that Lafleur didn't send samples. The only note I have seen is from Jane Anson (Decanter): "Never the most exuberant during En Primeur, this is deep inky purple in colour with a violet rim. On the palate you get touches of iris, with an earthiness alongside, coupled with a g...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 25th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4733

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

a premoxed Leflaive You (and a few others in this very cool thread) must not be superstitious... unless you meant to add "this month", not true for me even then though. For my account, a few aspirational wines I have yet to have: Any Roumier Keller G-Max (will change that soon) DRC RC Jon...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 22nd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 21590

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

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Reminds me of Jeremiah 18:12 " blessed be the ignore button"
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In the spirit of keeping this wine-related, can I suggest you perhaps means to refer to 18:55?

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 19th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 4087

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

I found this link and you can also click through from that page to the E-catalogue, but bidding is not yet open: https://www.christies.com/salelanding/i ... saletitle=


Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 12th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 9084
Views: 1429168

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I remember at least a couple of years, and probably a lot more before the Ponsot auction talking about how obviously faked some of the “Leroy” capsules coming from Rudy were. I also remember a vendor describing a bottle as “post Hardy pre Rudy.” It was an open secret something was not right there. ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 23rd, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

Mark, speaking from extensive (albeit dated) experience, I find early September to be an absolutely optimal time for Costa Smeralda. The hoi polloi are gone but things have yet to shut down; the water warms up beautifully; and things are just easier. In terms of which property there, Pitrizza is for...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 22nd, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 47
Views: 3477

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

Just wanted to tip my hat and give thanks for this thread. Without exception, those who are participating are sharing real knowledge with a generosity of spirit that exemplifiesthe best of what this website can produce. I look forward to learning more.

Appreciatively,
Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 5th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 3194

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

An indirect answer to the question in my case, but the main impact is indirect too. I don't drink much in the way of spirits. However, my eldest, in his mid-20s, is much more drawn to collectible bourbons than he (and the vast majority of his cohorts) is to collectible wine. The result is modest tap...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 4th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Not to hijack this very nice thread, but I would like to contribute notes from the two 1971s enjoyed in preparation for my lovely wife's upcoming 49th, if I may. I have had great success with this vintage (wine- and spouse-wise!) and hope to sustain that heading into her 50th, for which I have been ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 24th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Agharta black label 2009 notes
Replies: 14
Views: 1225

Re: Agharta black label 2009 notes

Not the black label, but I finally got around to popping a 2009 white label Mountain Terraces cab., and loved it. I bought this from the winery in a late release offering in 2012. Here are my notes. happy holidays, all, Jonathan "A beautiful Cab., with notes of savory plum and cassis, complemen...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 18th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 2468

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

A very fortunate gentleman just posted this CC "tasting story" on CT, with his key takeaways summarized below the link: https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=43185 1) Corton Charlemagne can produce great wines - generally quality level was high but at times a bit variable. 2) Coch...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
September 15th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1827

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

Kudos, Mark. Your passion and kindness of spirit really show through. I love when our love for wine combines with a commitment to the greater good. Your wine karma bank overfloweth, sir.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 25th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1233
Views: 76347

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I wanted to give a shout-out to a place I don't recall having seen mentioned here, which I tried for the first time last night: Margot, in the heart of ridiculously-hipster Culver City: https://www.margot.la/. High-energy rooftop venue, casual but with ambitious, small-plate food intended for sharin...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 22nd, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1804

Re: 1981 wine

On the high end of being "wide open as to price," I love 1981's Unico, and it tends to be virtually indestructible. Somewhat less pricey is the 1981 La Mission Haut-Brion (WS Pro shows one retail offering for <$200 and several not too far above that), which is generally considered to outpe...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 22nd, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 12635

Re: Top US Syrahs

Robert Dentice wrote: June 22nd, 2019, 5:03 pm Shocked no one has mentioned Kongsgaard.
See post 56 — great minds and all... 🤓
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 19th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 12635

Re: Top US Syrahs

A bit surprised not to see Colgin and Kongsgaard on there. They would be part of my top five domestics, alongside Ovid, Jonata and Donelan. Just missing would be Araujo. I haven't tried my Tynan yet.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 10th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 3887

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

Thanks to all of you who are weighing in. To be clear: I would not worry about holding on for any recovery -- rather, I am querying whether one can expect the heat-affected wine to hold steady from here, even if undamaged despite the seepage, or if the seepage itself indicates an unsustainable envir...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 10th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 3887

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

Reviving this old thread as an appropriate place to seek advice on the following (asking for a friend...): A handful of trophy wines, all magnums if that matters, are evidencing some seepage, which he says is unquestionably due to short-term (and relatively modest) heat exposure which occurred over ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 30th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4866

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

I had a very rewarding experience with this exact wine about 6 weeks ago, despite a low-shoulder (borderline below) fill. My TN follows. Good luck! Jonathan "My second of two bottles. Whereas the prior one was flawed, marred by some sort of mold, this was a very different story, notwithstanding...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 25th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: .
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: FS: 2011 Biondi Santi Riserva BdM

Karl K wrote: May 25th, 2019, 6:30 am Have 6 btls of 2011 Biondi Santi BdM Riserva for sale from VA.
Sorry, how do you know they have VA?! (sorry couldn't resist -- good luck with the sale)

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 18th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2868

Re: Impossible burgers

Stephen, I believe it is on the menu now at Root 246, should that appeal.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 13th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage -- Advice on When to Decant
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: 1947 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage -- Advice on When to Decant

I just had a beautiful bottle of 1963 that needed no decanting (and didn't budge for four days). I would not see any harm in decanting, of course, as long as you plan to consume it within, say, 24 hours, as opposed to nurse it over several days (bear in mind that Port tends to be consumed in small p...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 10th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

Awesome, my friend. Did others share your enthusiasm for the same wines? And did you come to the 'perfect' conclusion pretty quickly or after watching the wines evolve over the evening? Interesting query, thanks. It did take me a little while to acknowledge the greatness of the CdP, maybe twenty mi...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 8th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

FWIW, neither of the Bordeaux had any sediment, nor did the CdP. There was a tiny amount in the Jaboulet, and of course plenty in the Port.

JG
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 8th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1714

TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

THE NIGHT I GAVE OUT MY FIRST PERFECT SCORE(S) - Santa Monica, CA (4/7/2019) While I had high hopes for this eagerly anticipated gathering with three great friends, I didn't expect to give out my first-ever 100-point score, let alone encountering two bottles I deemed perfect. The Rhone Flight 1990 ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 21st, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your mother turns 75...
Replies: 34
Views: 2146

Re: When your mother turns 75...

john stimson wrote: March 20th, 2019, 9:36 pm My mother's last words as she lay dying at age 92 were (this is the truth), "what I'd really like is a glass of champagne".
That made me smile! Thank you.

--Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 11th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4960

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

For me, Soldera stands alone, in purity, ageability and distinction from any other, as well as for pure enjoyment.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 8th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 6842

Re: My first Keller gmax

I'm really enjoying this thread. I've never had a G-Max, and while the dominant share of my spend and of my wine pinnacle moments has each been with reds, not whites, I've found that great Rieslings tend to 'wow' me more than any other red or white, perhaps because of my relative inexperience with, ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 3rd, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 3030

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink: https://www.wsj.com/articles/foodies-re ... lista_pos2

I am noticing some relative benefit in restaurants -- anyone else?

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 16th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1972

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

The only drawback for from clicking through to this very nice article is that he is pictured, smiling and non-demonic, meaning I have to drop the illusion that his avatar is not how he actually looks [cheers.gif]

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 15th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8434

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Not sure if they meant to show numbers 2 - 4 in announcing 4 (2005 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva), but that's what is viewable on their website. 3 is 2015 Castello di Volpaia and 2 is 2015 Canon-La Gaffelière.
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 30th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 5488

Re: The Safest White Burgs

edwardmilstein wrote: October 30th, 2018, 4:58 am Start storing all your white burgundy at 48 degrees
Edward, have you done this for long enough to form a view on how this affects their development, apart from staving off premox?

Thanks in advance,
Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 30th, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 9901

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Benoit Touquette - Realm '13 Dr. Crane, Absurd and Bard were all scored 100 pts by RP. Miseed that. blush Mike’s first 3 were for ‘13 wines as well. brian you also 'miseed' RB getting 3x100 pts for 2014 as well, TRB getting 3x100 for 2013, and brad grimes getting 3x100 for 2013 as well. champagne.g...

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